"Side Show" Comes to Kent State | Kent State University
Musical Theatre students portray Daisy and Violet Hilton in "Side Show" (Photo by Matt Unger)

"Side Show" Comes to Kent State

Tony nominated musical based on true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton

Kent, OH – The School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University continues it 2015-2016 season with the Tony Award-nominated musical “Side Show.” The production runs Fri., Nov. 6 through Sun., Nov. 15 in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.

For tickets call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at www.kent.edu/theatredance or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive. The box office is open Mon. – Fri., Noon to 5 pm.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for Kent State University alumni, faculty and staff, $14 for seniors (60+) and non-Kent State students age 18 and under are $10.  Tickets for full-time, Kent campus undergraduates are free of charge.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $12 per person.  Flex pass subscriptions are also available. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and cash.

Directed by assistant professor Amy Fritsche, “Side Show” follows the journey of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton as they seek love and acceptance on the dark road from a side show to vaudeville and eventually to Hollywood. With book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Henry Krieger, vocal and dance arrangements by David Chase and orchestrations by Harold Wheeler, “Side Show” is a moving portrait of fame at the height of the Great Depression.

The production and design team includes music direction by associate professor Jonathan Swoboda, choreography by assistant professor Courtney Brown, scenic design by Terry Martin, technical direction by associate professor Steve Pauna, lighting design by Yu (Leo) Lei, costume design by Kerry McCarthy, and sound design by assistant professor Nicholas Drashner. Hannah Graham serves as production stage manager.

“Side Show” premiered on Broadway in 1997 featuring Kent State alumna Alice Ripley (BFA ’85) in the role of Violet Hilton. Ripley was nominated for 1998 Tony and Drama Desk awards for her portrayal.


Media Contact:

Joni Koneval, 330-672-0116, jkoneval@kent.edu